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Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

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22nd March 2017

Dun Laoghaire Harbour to welcome 100,000 visitors to celebrate Bicentenary

 Dun Laoghaire is set for a summer of celebrations to mark the Harbours 200th anniversary. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event.

The Opening Ceremony will be officiated by President Michael D Higgins & the groups Patron Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor on 31st May. Other featured events include an International Harbour Food Festival featuring over 25 unique vendors (4th & 5th June), a live Viking Invasion re-enactment with longboats as seen on the hit TV Show ‘Vikings’ (20th August) and The Kingstown 200 Classic Boat Race (8th July).

100,000 visitors are expected to visit the Harbour this summer to participate in the free public events.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in collaboration with a range of local stakeholders have put in place a schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events to mark the Bicentenary.

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: said “the programme of events throughout the summer reflects the cultural and historical role the Harbour has played not just in Dun Laoghaire but in its wider environs over the past 200 years”. Thanking all those who worked tirelessly on the project, Mr Dunne said “the Bicentenary will bring a welcome boost to the local economy and reinforce the sense of public pride in one of the country’s greatest landmarks”.

More information can be found at www.dlharbour200.ie .

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Contact: Alan Cantwell @ 086 8147855. cantwellmedia@gmail.com

 

Note:  Steering Group members include Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, The Pavilion Theatre, RNLI, The Coal Harbour Users Group, Irish National Sailing School & The Combined Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs.

 

 

 

 

History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Lecture 22nd March 2017

 ILLUSTRATED LECTURE

 “SOME HISTORY OF DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR, 1817-2017”

 BY CORMAC F. LOWTH

         

2017 marks the 200th. anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the 

great Harbour of Dun Laoghaire.  Cormac F. Lowth be presenting a vast array of

 rare and interesting illustrations and photographs along with a host of informative

 facts about a great many aspects of the Harbour over the past two hundred years.

He will be looking at the old Harbour of Dunleary, the building of the great Harbour

 of Refuge, the transition to Kingstown, and later Dun Laoghaire, and  these will

 include the naval presence, yachting activities, shipwrecks, the R.N.L.I., fishing,

 maritime commerce, mailboats, and much more.

 

The meeting will commence with the launch of a new copy of the Society’s journal

which has been specially commissioned to mark the occasion of the 200th. 

anniversary of the Harbour. It is entitled “A Safe Anchorage” and it contains a great

 many articles about the Harbour that have  published in the Society’s journals over

 the years. Price is €8

 

Location : Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire

Time :8pm 22.03.2017

Admission : €3 All Welcome

Parking free for ticket holders

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Irish Embassy visit

Irish Ambassador to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall met today with our

CEO Gerry Dunne in the Irish Embassy in London to discuss the upcoming Bicentenary Celebrations.

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Irish Ambassador to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall meets CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company Gerry Dunne

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Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 – Classics Programme Confirmed

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta takes place this 6-9th July 2017.

Its one of the biggest events of the harbour sailing calendar and involves all 4 yacht clubs Dun Laoghaire Yacht clubs and entrants from the sailing community nationwide and overseas.

To celebrate the Harbour Bicentenary the committee have added to the race schedule to include a unique classic boat race to celebrate the harbours bicentenary. The race will see international and local classic boats taking part.

For more information go to  http://www.dlregatta.org/

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Summer of Sailing 2017

Dun Laoghaire Harbour has a busy year of sailing ahead. 2017 will see the return of the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta welcoming international & local teams for the weekend of the 6-9 July.

The weekend always creates a great atmosphere in the Harbour and this year is no exception. As part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Celebrations the Regatta will include the Kingstown 200 Classic Race.

This race will welcome classic boats to take part in a sailing spectacle to commemorate this harbours 200th year.

More information on sailing events can be found at www.sailing.ie  .

 

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